Windows 10 tip: Learn the secret shortcuts to jump straight to system folders

Posted on September 28, 2017. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

ZDNet has a post: Windows 10 keeps a collection of shortcuts to system and user folders. If you know the registered name of one of those folders, you can get to it easily using shell: commands. Here are some useful ones.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Learn the secret shortcuts to jump straight to system folders | ZDNet

Especially useful (IMHO):

shell:Desktop to show the contents of your Desktop folder

shell:Downloads to find where things go to when you download

shell:SendTo to add or remove shortcuts to that right-click menu

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Hands-on with Linux Mint Cinnamon’s Hot Corners

Posted on May 21, 2014. Filed under: Linux, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post for Hands-on with Mint Cinnamon’s Hot Corners.

If you’re using Linux with the Mint Cinnamon interface, this is a neat shortcut technique.

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The 40 most important Google Apps keyboard shortcuts

Posted on February 22, 2012. Filed under: Gmail (Google Mail), Google, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , , , , |

TechRepublic has The 40 most important Google Apps keyboard shortcuts for Google+, Calendar, Docs and Gmail.

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Swype has Text Input for smaller screens

Posted on April 2, 2011. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Swype is a text input utility to help enter text on small screens: smartphones, pads/tablets/slates, or anything without a regular keyboard.

At present, this is freeware.

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Three timesaving Ctrl-key tricks in Excel

Posted on March 28, 2011. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Microsoft Excel | Tags: , , |

TechRepublic has Three timesaving Ctrl-key tricks in Excel.

 

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The 10 most useful Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , |

TechRepublic offers The 10 most useful Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts.

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Vista shell commands

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , , , |

TechRepublic has a Windows tip on using Shell commands in Vista:

“Using Shell command shortcuts

While you can use Explorer, the Control Panel, or the Start menu to access key features in Windows Vista, sometimes a shortcut can be more useful. Hidden underneath the Windows Vista architecture are a whole host of special shortcuts known as Shell commands. To use a Shell command, all you need to do is press [Windows]+R to access the Run dialog box and then enter the word Shell followed by a colon (:) and then command as in:

Shell:command

As you can see there are no spaces between the word Shell and the colon and the command — it is essentially one word.

While there are close to 100 Shell commands, not all of them are very useful. As such, I won’t actually list them. I’ll just discuss the ones that I find most useful in everyday situations first and then I’ll list the other ones that I find occasionally useful.

Keep in mind that not all of these Shell commands will work in all versions of Windows Vista.

Most useful Shell commands

  • shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder – opens the Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) window.
  • shell:Sendto – opens the SendTo folder so that you can easily add more locations to the Send To list.
  • shell:Common Administrative Tools – opens the Administrative Tools menu as a folder
  • shell:Desktop – opens the Desktop as a folder.
  • shell:Downloads – opens your Downloads folder.
  • shell:Quick Launch – opens the Quick Launch folder.
  • shell:Searches – opens the Search folder showing all your saved searches.

The other useful Shell commands

  • shell:AppUpdatesFolder – opens the Installed Windows Updates location in Program and Files.
  • shell:Cache – opens Internet Explorer’s temporary Internet files folder.
  • shell:CD Burning – opens the folder where Windows Vista temporarily stores files to be burned to a CD.
  • shell:Common Desktop – opens the Public User’s Desktop folder.
  • shell:Common Documents – opens the Public User’s Documents folder.
  • shell:Common Programs – opens the Start menu shortcuts folder.
  • shell:Common Start Menu – opens the Start Menu as a folder.
  • shell:Common Startup – opens the Startup folder.
  • shell:Common Templates – opens the Templates folder.
  • shell:CommonDownloads – opens the Public User’s Downloads folder.
  • shell:CommonMusic – opens the Public User’s Music folder.
  • shell:CommonPictures – opens the Public User’s Pictures folder.
  • shell:CommonVideo – opens the Public User’s Video folder.
  • shell:ConflictFolder – opens the Sync Center Conflicts folder.
  • shell:ConnectionsFolder – opens the Network Connections folder.
  • shell:Contacts – opens your Contacts folder.
  • shell:ControlPanelFolder – opens the Control Panel.
  • shell:Cookies – opens the cookies folder
  • shell:Favorites – opens your Favorites folder.
  • shell:Fonts – opens Vista’s Fonts folder.
  • shell:Gadgets – opens your Windows Sidebar Gadgets folder.
  • shell:History – opens the Internet Explorer history folder.
  • shell:InternetFolder – opens Internet Explorer.
  • shell:Links – opens your Links folder location.
  • shell:MyMusic – opens your Music folder.
  • shell:MyPictures – opens your Pictures folder.
  • shell:MyVideo – opens your Video folder.
  • shell:MyComputerFolder – opens Computer window.
  • shell:NetHood – opens Network Shortcuts folder.
  • shell:NetworkPlacesFolder – opens the Network Places location.
  • shell:Original Images – opens Windows Photo Gallery Original Images folder.
  • shell:Personal – opens your Documents folder.
  • shell:PhotoAlbums – opens your Slide Show folder.
  • shell:Playlists – opens your Playlists folder.
  • shell:PrintersFolder – opens Printers in the Control Panel.
  • shell:Profile – opens your main folder.
  • shell:ProgramFiles – opens the Program Files folder.
  • shell:Public – opens the Public User folder.
  • shell:Recent – opens the Recent Items folder.
  • shell:RecycleBinFolder – opens the Recycle Bin folder.
  • shell:Start Menu – opens the Start Menu folder.
  • shell:Startup – opens the Startup folder
  • shell:System – opens the System32 folder location.
  • shell:Templates – opens the Templates folder location.
  • shell:UserProfiles – opens the Users folder.
  • shell:UsersFilesFolder – opens your main folder.
  • shell:Windows – opens the Windows folder.”
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High Sign – Increase Productivity Using Mouse Gestures

Posted on April 19, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , , , , |

High Sign is software to help you to Increase Productivity Using Mouse Gestures.

High Sign “allows you to easily create and map custom gestures to perform common actions on their Windows PC. Unlike some other mouse gesture recognition software, you are not limited to a set of predefined gestures; you are free to create any gesture you can think up.”

So, in theory, you could invent a mouse movement unique to you, and use it to trigger some specific action in a program, or start/close a program, or … whatever you want.

Freeware for Windows.

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Outlook essential shortcuts from Office Watch

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Microsoft Outlook | Tags: , |

Outlook essential shortcuts from Office Watch.

All the keyboard shortcuts to Microsoft Outlook.

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10+ keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Microsoft PowerPoint | Tags: , , |

TechRepublic has 10+ keyboard shortcuts to help you deliver a smooth PowerPoint presentation.

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Enso makes it easier

Posted on July 16, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Macros & Shortcuts, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

Humanized offers Enso, which “ lets you do common computing tasks easier and faster than ever before. You get a huge productivity boost and a simpler digital life. And now that Enso is free, it won’t cost you a penny.”

Freeware for XP, 2000 and Vista.

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal explains:

Enso is dead simple to use. You just hold down the Caps Lock key and type an Enso command, which is displayed in a translucent overlay. Once the command is typed, you simply release the Caps Lock key to activate it, and the overlay disappears. If you type fast, it all happens in a flash. For instance, to launch the Firefox Web browser, you just hold down the Caps Lock key and type “open firefox.” To look up the meaning of the word “proclivity,” you just hold down the Caps Lock key and type “define proclivity.”

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HotKeyz from Skynergy for keyboard macros

Posted on December 6, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post on HotKeyz

Back in the ‘olden days’ people used keyboards without mice, and oddly enough, a lot of things could actually be done faster that way.  Some of them still can, in fact.

“You can work faster and more efficiently by using your keyboard instead of your mouse. HotKeyz is a keyboard utility that will boost your productivity and it is really fun to use. HotKeyz lets you easily create and maintain a categorized list of your hotkeys. Each hotkey, a key combination on your keyboard, will launch a command. You decide which commands go with which hotkeys. Version 2.7.2 has add setting to save settings and hotkey files to application data folder (Vista) and same folder as HotKeyz.exe (for portable on USB sticks or XP).”

For Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP/Vista.  October 2008.  Freeware, with free registration required.

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Keyboard shortcuts for Windows

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Microsoft Windows | Tags: , , , |

Keyboard shortcuts for Windows is the official Microsoft list of using key combinations to do things quickly in Windows — often, more quickly than you can do them with a mouse and menus.

There’s more than one way to do a lot of things in Windows.

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Send To menu for XP and Vista

Posted on May 20, 2008. Filed under: Help, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , |

Ever wish the right-click “Send To” menu options had a few more options, customized for you?  Do it yourself.

Internet Fixes has the instructions for XP.

About.com has the instructions for Vista.

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Excel 2007 shortcuts

Posted on May 16, 2008. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office 2007 | Tags: , , , , |

PC Magazine (June 2008) has a list of “11 Killer Excel 2007 Shortcuts”:

Ctrl-Shift-& Apply the outline border to the selected cells
Ctrl-Shift-# Apply the Date format with day, month and year
Ctrl-Shift-@ Apply the Time format: hour, minute, AM or PM
Ctrl-Shift-: (colon) Enter current time
Ctrl-; (semi-colon) Enter date
Ctrl-O Hide selected columns
Ctrl-‘ (single quote) alternate: cell values/formulas
Ctrl-H Find and replace
Ctrl-F2 Print Preview
Ctrl-F6 next workbook
Alt-F8 macro dialog box
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Firefox keyboard shortcuts

Posted on January 20, 2008. Filed under: browsers, Firefox, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , |

Here are some Firefox keyboard shortcuts:
Firefox Keyboard shortcuts

70+ Keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Mozilla Firefox from TechRepublic. Free registration is required for this PDF file.

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KeyXL for keyboard shortcuts

Posted on January 15, 2008. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , |

KeyXL “KeyXL.com is the largest online database of keyboard shortcuts in the world.
Our keyboard shortcut database is searchable by software program and covers all the major operating environments including Windows, Macintosh, Linux and browser-based applications.”

Recommended by Gizmo’s Tech Support Alert newsletter.

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Shortcuts for IE 7

Posted on November 26, 2007. Filed under: browsers, Macros & Shortcuts, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , , |

60 keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
from TechRepublic. Free registration is required for this PDF file.

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Power Toys for better use

Posted on November 6, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Windows, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

PowerToys for Windows XP is freeware. PowerToys for Windows XP is a suite of separately offered tools that lets you do things like view images burned to a CD as a slide show and create a Web-ready slide show of your digital pictures. The useful Alt-Tab Replacement displays the icon of the application window you are switching to, as well as a preview of the page. This is particularly helpful when multiple windows of an application are open. You can also take pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam connected to your computer and save them to a location that you designate. Another tool, Tweak UI, gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default interface, including settings for the mouse, Explorer, the taskbar, and more. Other tools let you resize images with a right-click, manage four virtual desktops, and switch users without going through the log-on screen. This suite also lets you magnify parts of the screen from the taskbar, and to open a command window (cmd.exe) by pointing to a selected folder. The Power Calculator can graph and evaluate functions as well as perform conversions. Recommended by PC Annoyances

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Keyboard Express shareware

Posted on November 6, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , |

Keyboard Express is NOT freeware, it is shareware and must be bought. However, it is an indispensable utility for creating macros licensed and used by the Boreham Library staff, very easy to learn and use, and highly recommended for anyone doing repetitious tasks or data that is often repeated.

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